simple lumber rack

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Project by ben posted 01-23-2008 07:39 AM 16918 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lumber rack… not much of a project, but my shoulders are awfully sore. Too much drilling and screw-driving for somebody without much shoulder mass. :-)

Not much to say really… built a lumber rack, mostly from the design in FWW #181 – “Lumber Storage Solutions”. I can’t attach to my ceiling without redoing my insulation, and I refuse to glue to the floor, since I’ll be selling this house in 2 years, so we’ll have to see how sturdy she is without those reinforcements. I’ve already loaded the bottom level, and will be migrating some other stuff in the next couple days.

One nice thing—cutting all those gussets gave me lots of curve-cutting practice on the bandsaw, with little consequence. Aside from the experience factor, if I could do it again… I’d consider just spending a couple hundred dollars on a rack kit. Mainly because it simply took a lot longer than I thought… building the wall supports, cutting 48 gussets and 24 arms, leveling, clamping and adjusting each arm, then drilling 144 countersinks + 160 holes, etc. Maybe I was just being too anal… and maybe I’ll feel different when I can comfortably drill above my shoulder level again :-)


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#1 posted 01-23-2008 07:58 AM

Looks good to me! I hope that you plan on taking it with you when you move!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-23-2008 08:48 AM

I was snooping around the projects pages and stumbled on your project. Your detail is astonishing. I like it. I would have done the same if I had the wood.

Carlos Castanheira
South Africa

-- carlos castanheira, South Africa

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#3 posted 01-23-2008 12:45 PM

There is clearly a ton of labor involved in this lumber rack. I’ll bet you are glad you built it, in spite of the current discomfort.

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 01:02 PM

Looks nice and easy. That is exactly what I need. I´m going to do something similar. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 02:02 PM

sounds like a bear of a job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-23-2008 03:19 PM

I am glad to hear you say “if I could do it again… I’d consider just spending a couple hundred dollars on a rack kit.” I went back and forth with myself on that one last year, build or buy. I bought it and was happy but I still look at my wood rack and think “I must be a lazy #@$!#” :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 11:52 PM

Great storage capacity there.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-24-2008 12:28 PM

I perused many articles and plans before settling on the design I installed in my garage. Like Snowdog, I too am a lazy #@$!#”:) and shun anything that’s too labor intensive. I built mine (from someone’s article) using roughcut 2×4s and 18” pieces of black iron pipe that was salvaged off a burned down house. It’s held up real well too.

The price was like…Zilch.

You call yours a “Simple Lumber Rack” but it looks like you’ve spent some serious time building it Ben. You did a great job here, please don’t get me wrong. I do like the idea that you can easily vary the shelf height on yours. My pipes are at a fixed distance apart. I do see though where you say “I’d consider buying a rack kit” and I don’t blame you a bit!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 01-25-2008 02:42 AM

Doesn’t look too simple to me – nice work on the lumber storage!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 02:51 AM

I just finished my own rack, pretty much the same except using 3/4 ply kind of shaped like a fat P. One on each side of the 4×6 in my pole garage and a 2×6 tying the two together. Only problem is they are 4 ft apart so I layed down some thick stock on the bottom for support. Gives me a chance to plane all my rough stock too. Good job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 09:40 PM

Great work Ben. Looks like it could hold a TON. Have fun filling it.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 05:48 PM

Good job!

I’m using the same design right now but I only have two tiers.

What I like about it is that I was able to build it out of reclaimed lumber. If you’re willing to root through a construction site dumpster, you can find almost all the materials you need to build these racks (except the hardware to attach the uprights to the wall & to attach the lumber supports in the channels.)

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#13 posted 10-05-2008 05:01 AM

Just remember that “The Rack” was one of the Spanish Inquisitions’ torture devices…

I think it was worth the effort. It looks great, and it’s YOURS. Besides that, I bet your buff now.

Thanks for sharing it!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#14 posted 10-05-2008 04:00 PM

Nice work,, interesting that you used the bandsaw for the curves, great practice. I made a template out of hardboard and used a flush trim bit to cut the curves in my lumber rack. That took a bit too, do remember all of the drilling and such was a big pain. i got my plans out of wood magazine, you can see a pic of my rack on my workshop page.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 04:33 PM

I like the rack. Was wondering how long you made the arms?

Also sIKE I like your design, seems like you have lots of weight on it, how long did you make the arms on yours?

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